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More Than Her (More #2) - Jay McLean
More Than Her (More Series book 2) by Jay McLean
Publication Date: November 18, 2013
Published By: Jay Mclean

“For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction."

For every choice you make there are rewards, or there are consequences. It was my choice to walk away the first time. And my choice to chase her the second. But sometimes you don't get a choice, and all you get are the consequences.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

Unless that someone is Logan Matthews. Because loving him didn't give me the strength to walk away. It didn't give me the courage to fight for him. And when it was over, all it gave me was a broken heart.

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My Thoughts:
“Boys in books are so not better. Not compared to Logan Matthews.”

This book was about Logan, his story about the past that was haunting him and of him falling in love.
*Disclaimer: This book ended in angst. If you wanted a HEA, I would suggest that you should wait for next month, February. I could not contain my scattered emotions and I just wanted to really know what happened next because what I felt after I read ‘More Than Her’ was the same as when I read ‘Fallen Too Far’ and ‘One Week Girlfriend’, the wait was excruciating.

On with my thoughts, ‘More Than Her’ had alternate POVs but it focused more on Logan. Then there was the, alternate past-present chapter. This book was interconnected with ‘More Than This’, it had this overlapping events. The timing played an important role in this book. Every freaking time was just so wrong, I wanted to blame the ‘other girl’ but she could not be at fault because she did not know. But the sequence was something that helped develop the story into something ‘more’. I would not drop names of ‘other girl’ and ‘this girl’ bit ‘this girl’ was the one for Logan. Oh, fate: they (Logan and ‘this girl’) met again. And I would share my favorite parts before I forgot: 2 questions, 15 minutes; and the book shop.

I knew Logan was that stereotypical bachelor guy and player. But he was much more. Back at ‘More Than This’, he was the one who knack Micky on her senses, reminded Jake at times to calm down and when he opened up when he was drunk about also wanting to have his own girl. I broke for him when he shared that and I wanted him to have his own story, the author did not disappoint. There was this mystery surrounding Logan and this part of him that was seeking to have someone to call his own girl. But who was Logan? He was a med student, a guy who could massage, a hot man in general and studious. Plus a fan of John Mayer. Say what?! Yep, he was but I really thought he only has his Ludacris moments. Logan was dubbed as a player and the guy who always got what he wanted. Logan was persuasive and his perseverance never ceased to amaze me. He was at first, this conflicted guy who thought he wanted the ‘other girl’ but harboring another feeling to ‘this girl’. But when he realized whom he really wanted? He knew he only has his eyes to ‘this girl’. Though he came too brooding strong for ‘this girl’, he wanted ‘this girl’. ‘This girl’ was defiant but also vulnerable on Logan’s charms. Guys love a challenge, but Logan was not prepared that he would be dealing with the complicated relationship and he would be super whipped with ‘this girl’.

“I found the one, he changed my life
But was it me that changed
And he just happened to come at the right time
I'm supposed to be in love
But I'm numb again
I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know ow ow why

So what now?”
-          What Now by  Rihanna

 ‘This girl’ was Logan’s first in so many ways – which was sweet but not in a cheesy way. But that aside, I did consider that Logan was shocked with what was happening to him. I took note of how he was new with everything. The feelings he was developing and of course the confusion running in his mind. He never experienced that sort of feeling before, so he must have been confounded with everything. I felt bad for ‘this girl’ because she really meant more things about Logan. Also ‘this girl’ really had feelings for him. Logan just didn’t know what to do. ‘This girl’ was confused too, she knew that there was something but how could she do anything about it? She went to that clingy state because there was really something. And then I felt her when she combusted, when she exploded with all this anger against Logan. She needed to fume, right? After what Logan did. She was wrapped up with him and she needed that. Logan took it all, what could he do? He was caught in flagrante. But there would always be two-sides in a story. Logan was keeping his mouth tightly shut and I wanted him so bad to explain himself. But he let ‘this girl’ to hate him, because in a twisted mind, he thought it would be better to make ‘this girl’ hate him because the girl deserved better or because the emotions he felt was very overwhelming.

“So I, wait for you to call
And I try to act natural
Have you been thinking ’bout her or about me?
And while I wait I put on my perfume,
Yeah, I want it all over you
I'm gonna mark my territory

I’ll never tell, tell on myself but I hope she smells my perfume
I’ll never tell, tell on myself but I hope she smells my perfume
I hide it well, hope you can’t tell but I hope she smells my perfume
I hide it well, hope you can’t tell but I hope she smells my perfume”
-          Perfume by Britney Spears

When ‘this girl’s’ ex-boyfriend showed up. I word: Buuuuuuuuuuuurn. Mr. Ex was a nice guy, he really was. ‘This girl’ showed her past too and what she did to Mr. Ex.  Years thrown out for a single date? Gods, I felt bad for him yet I grieve for ‘this girl’ too, that heartache she felt was unbearable. The begging, the guilty, consumed by all these. Then, I felt bad for Logan, I surely did. How could you be jealous for someone who was not yours in the first place? I meant, at least Jake and Micky back in ‘More Than This’ had made it clear that even though they weren’t boyfriend-girlfriend they were each other’s “My Jake” and “My Kayla”. But what about Logan? Nada. Yep, nothing. He could only fist his hands and shut up.

“I'm breaking free from these memories
Gotta let it go, just let it go
I've said goodbye
Set it all on fire
Gotta let it go, just let it go

I let it go and now I know
A brand new life is down this road
And when it's right, you always know
So this time I won't let go

There's only one thing left here to say
Love's never too late”
-          Let It Go by Avril Lavigne

I was consumed by my emotions. Their story was messed-up in a series of sequence. It was a continuous cause-and-effect thing. I could not think of a better term to describe it or fully explain it. But everything that happened was started by an event and continued to be dismantled by another until it became ruined (or something). There was a huge problem in between and it was called, Logan’s past. I thought of a Lemony Snicket title would describe this story, not wholly though because it had its amazing, romantic and sweet parts but the distraught air in it fitted: “Series of Unfortunate Events”. Both Logan and ‘this girl’ were screwed – Logan with his past and then ‘this girl’ with the summer that ruined her. Logan knew he liked ‘this girl’ and he did not know what to do. I couldn’t blame him because it was his first time but was he a total pr*ck; and ‘this girl’ liked-liked Logan that she ended her stable relationship.
I was like a woman with messed-up hormones because I swear Logan had his man period. What was it with guys and physically-emotionally hurting the girl they claim to love through harsh words so that the girl could hate them because they felt undeserving? How twisted was that analogy? Guys don’t do that. Not only does that infuriate women and ‘hate’ you but it also a waste of time. ‘This girl’ had a horrible summer (unfortunately, Logan was sort of a huge part of it too) and dang it, she was totally screwed-up. I’d drop a name because I hated him so much; he made my eyes see red the go screaming like a banshee. I was screaming bloody murder to that Greg! That pathetic excuse for a man! Cut his manly parts and burn it to ashes! *breathe in, breathe out*

The author did not hold back with curveballs. I felt like the total crybaby when Logan had his moments – that past he told, the game… I was so freaking proud of him! I ached for Little Logan. My heart broke at that little man. He did not deserve that. Oh poor boy, you should have never endured that. I wanted to hug him, kiss him, all those comfort that I could just give to him because he was so adorable when he goes animated and shy. But it does not stop with happy thoughts, because when the sequential twists were not enough? Another would surface (or resurface) that would definitely knock you out. I felt the rug pulled under me, lost my balance and the world freaking shifted on its axis countless times. Because I swear, I had a massive WTH (What The Headache) ever. Even the last couple of pages were such a page-turner with unexpected moments. I wanted to spill pieces of information because it was vital and so shocking but I would keep my mouth shut. Tease, right? Well, go on and read it yourself. Super worth a read (or reread)!

That aside, I love Logan’s friends. I love to be a part of their circle. Oh wait let me share this, when Lucy recounted to Logan how they met? I cried. I did not mean to but I cried how kind Logan was (he still was, though). Back to the friends, they were so supportive and could really give an advice. And they would call you on your sh*t. When I thought ‘More Than This’ had its way to raise high expectations for ‘More Than Her’, the author was able to throw me off balance. Logan Matthews was a whole lot more and his ‘her’? Well that was another dip to this angsty-broken-confusing college relationship (or whatever it should be called).
***Random ranting: I swear I did love Jake and Micky but Lucy and Cam? Super love! I could not wait for their story! I love drunk Lucy. Super!!! Plus, Cam was a secret alpha-male and his hair was sort of long now *snickers*.

“And I'll be gone, gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I've been holding on so tight
With nothing in between

The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time... is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she's broke
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds”
-          Story of My Life by One Direction

The saying “I understood it but it does not mean that I liked it” was what I really felt in this book. I understood Logan but his actions why did he do it? I was so prepared to beg for Logan to take ‘this girl’ back. She suffered enough and she loved him so much. Yet, Logan did it again. He turned back again. So much that it hurt, I felt how it hurt so badly. Logan, what happened to making ‘new memories together’? I am currently wiping angry and furious tears right now, I understand you, Logan but f*ck it. What you did to ‘this girl’ was such a BS thing to do. Literally, physically, mentally and emotionally. On his twisted mind, he thought it was his fault. Maybe in a way since it was part of Logan’s past and if I wanted to put blame on someone between Logan and ‘this girl’. But did it really matter? What happened in the past already happened. They were all into this ‘moving on’ stance and then an event lead again to another unexpected turn. Their one step forward became two steps back. It was like a wrecking ball, Logan’s past, because as much as it was haunting him back; it turned his present and leading his future shattered and crushed once again. I was not sure if those pieces left were enough to make Logan realize that every relationship has its risks and he could not always protect the ones he love. I knew he needed to think, I just hope he could realize the best thing that happened to him. I could see clearly how his twisted mind kept on twisting the good things and making him feel guilty about every move he made. Dear Logan, open your eyes.

Could I also vent towards Logan? I do apologize with my swear words below.
I was literally screaming my frustration out at Logan. Shrill irritating squeal, because as much as I understood him, that was such a do*che-*ssholery thing to do. I swear man. Logan, I love you, I really do. But what you did to ‘this girl’ after having a talk with the other guy? That was plain sh*tty. Gods, I wanted to run after ‘this girl’ and plan revenge towards Logan!

“And I will swallow my pride.
You're the one that I love
And I'm saying goodbye.

Say something, I'm giving up on you.
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you.
And anywhere I would've followed you. Oh-oh-oh-oh
Say something, I'm giving up on you.”
-          Say Something  by A Great Big World

The whole book was complicated yet wonderfully made. Every page counted as to create the whole story and to have that kind of flow. It also had that heart-pumping moment – I was reading that part so fast because I did not expect that. Then the ending came and I did not know what to feel. I was so dumb-founded – angry, sad and hurt. As much as the cliffie marked a lump in my throat that I could not swallow down, it made me want to read the sequel, now. NOW. Or ASAP. I need that freaking ‘More Than Him’. I. WANT. THAT. NOW. Even if Logan and ‘this girl’ gave me a complex and made me want to push them together, they were just doing what an unsure couple does. They did not know where they stood and I wanted to just shove them to each other.

I would end this with: They were meant to be together, not just to fall in love with each other. But to be together. Together, forever.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

PS. To Jay McLean, the author, please no love triangle. Though I do sense it brewing. No. Please no. The ‘More Than Him’ excerpt after ‘More Than Her’ was a total killer. Oh my freaking heart, blast from the past? Then I do always wonder why ‘that guy’ always tense when he was introduced – first was at Logan then at Dr. Matthews. Why? Or am I over-analyzing the reactions too much?


He put his free hand on the small of my back, and that's how we stayed, with is arm wrapped around me, is fingers in my hair, my head on his chest, and my heart in his hands. Minutes went by before I felt his hand that was stroking my hair began to slow, and his breathing evened out. He'd fallen sleep. I lifted my head slowly, hoping not to wake him. And I looked at him. And I forget where I am, and how I got here. I forgot the storm outside, and all the memories associated with it. Because all I feel is him. I watched as is chest slowly rises and falls, his hair - that perfect mess, his lips slightly parted as is breath blew in and out. My gaze lingered on his lips longer than it should, but I don't kiss him. Instead, I lay my head back down and let his rhythmic breathing lull me into my own slumber.

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Book 3 (and sequel for More Than Her) of More Series:
More Than Him - Jay McLean

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson

We live in a world of darkness and shadows,
where monsters hide and aim to ruin.
And they did.
They ruined us and turned our dreams into nightmares.
But now we're back.
And we're fighting.
Not just for us, or for each other, but for our light.

Author Bio:
Author of Mature YA / New Adult contemporary novels, MORE THAN THIS and a soon to be released sequel, MORE THAN HER. I enjoy reading and writing books that make people laugh, cry and swoon for dreamy book boyfriends. When not doing either of those, I can be found looking after my two little boys, and trying to avoid house work at all costs.

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